WBRZ News 2 Louisiana: Baton Rouge, LA

WBRZ News 2 Louisiana: Baton Rouge, LA

A very cold weekend ahead of us. However, winter clothing will be replaced by rain gear next week as a very wet pattern emerges.

***Hard Freeze Warning*** in effect Friday night through Saturday morning for parishes and counties north of Interstates 10/12. This includes all parishes and counties of the viewing area except Assumption and St. Mary’s. Below freezing temperatures in the upper teens and low 20s will create conditions that can kill crops and other sensitive plants and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

Take steps by Friday night to protect tender plants from the cold. If you haven’t already done so this week, outdoor water pipes should be coiled, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those with in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

***Wind Chill Advisory*** in effect from midnight until 9 a.m. Saturday. Wind chills could reach 7 to 10 degrees across parts of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi which are generally located along and north of the 10/12 Interstate corridor. Extremely cold temperatures and wind chills can lead to hypothermia if proper clothing is not worn. Use caution while traveling abroad. Wear appropriate clothing, hat and gloves.

Tonight and tomorrow: Temperatures will drop overnight with the metro area reaching freezing point by midnight. While skies will be clear – perfect for cooling – high winds from the north at 10-15 mph may keep readings from falling to their lows earlier this week. Most locations north of I-10/12 will reach the hard freeze zone with temperatures below 25 degrees. Wind chills will be in the teens and 20s. Saturday will be a breezy and cool afternoon in the 40s despite the full sun.

the next: Clear skies through Sunday morning will bring another hard freeze in the mid 20s and then slightly warmer highs in the low 50s. Clouds will accumulate as the weekend winds down indicating the beginning of a fundamental change in the pattern. Next week, warmer rain and possibly thunderstorms are expected. A few waves of steady rain are expected. While exact timing is difficult much earlier, Tuesday and Thursday mornings appear particularly unstable. Scattered activity will still be possible otherwise. Through the weekend, 5-7 inches of rain is possible with isolated higher totals. These amounts could cause some flooding issues, so stay tuned to the forecast.

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